Relief and elation was the combination after the Reynoldsburg High School softball team won its first OCC-Buckeye Division game April 23.

Relief and elation was the combination after the Reynoldsburg High School softball team won its first OCC-Buckeye Division game April 23.

The Raiders scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning at Westerville North to take a 5-2 lead and then held on for a 5-4 victory. Shanna Stauffer had the winning hit, a single down the left-field line that scored Kasey Cunningham and Myriah Bryant.

"It was stressful, I just tried to focus," Stauffer said. "(Shortstop Jessica Sciacca) told me to keep my shoulder in and I did."

The Raiders have had some close calls in league play, losing to Hilliard Davidson 5-4 on April 9 and to Dublin Coffman 2-1 in nine innings April 16.

Pitcher Natalie Zwicker was relieved and happy.

"It was amazing," she said. "I'm just glad we're not going to go 0-for-whatever in the league."

The win was the third of the past four games for the Raiders. They hoped to use the game as a springboard to the last two weeks of the season.

"We need to keep excited and keep motivated," Stauffer said.

Freshman Sam Miller had a triple in the fifth inning to score Cunningham.

"The win shows we can beat these teams when we play like a team," she said. "We did a good job of that (against North)."

Other players say the win will give them some respect. Senior third baseman Cunningham, who came back from an ankle injury last week, leads the team with a .364 batting average.

"People in the OCC haven't been taking us seriously," she said. "Now they know we're stronger than they think."

Last weekend the Raiders played three games at Beekman Park in the Centennial Stellar Classic. They defeated Minerva 3-0 last Friday, then lost to Watterson 6-1 and Danville 6-3 last Saturday.

The tournament draw is Sunday, a day after Reynoldsburg plays host to Delaware for a doubleheader.

Last season the Raiders finished 4-6 in league play and finished a solid 15-11. They won their first tournament game 13-0 over Northland before being eliminated in the next round by eventual regional champion Pickerington Central 5-0.

•NOTEWORTHY -- Coach Liz Daron, who has been on maternity leave since giving birth to son Wendell on April 2, made the trip to Westerville North to see the team play and was rewarded with the win.

She even watched some of the game from the dugout and was impressed.

"It was an OCC win and they fought this game," Daron said. "I hope they can build on it and it can be a confidence-booster."

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedule for the Reynoldsburg softball team:

*April 23 -- Defeated Westerville North 5-4.

Last Friday -- Defeated Minerva 3-0 in Centennial Stellar Classic at Beekman Park

Last Saturday -- Lost to Watterson 6-1; lost to Danville 6-3 in Stellar Classic

*Last Monday -- Lost to Hilliard Davidson 3-1

*Last Wednesday -- Played Grove City

Saturday -- Home vs. Delaware (doubleheader)

*Monday -- At Dublin Coffman. The Raiders lost the first meeting 2-1 in nine innings April 16

Tuesday -- Home vs. Hartley

*Wednesday -- Home vs. Upper Arlington. The Raiders lost the first meeting 3-0 on April 21.

Of note: The Raiders were 5-14 overall and 1-6 in the OCC-Buckeye before last Wednesday.

*OCC-Buckeye game